DIY in the Japanese retail marketDIY retailers are commonly known as “home centers” in Japan, which are comparable to hardware stores overseas. Unlike traditional small-sized hardware stores that are commonly family-owned businesses, home improvement centers boast a larger product variety, serving as a one-stop solution for professional handymen and laypersons. Stores stock primarily non-food products, out of which tools and materials used in DIY-related crafts are the main sales segment. Other product segments for home improvement projects include household utensils, gardening products, and electric appliances.
DIY stores are categorized as specialty retailers in Japan and represent only a minor segment within the domestic retail sector. Nonetheless, they cater to other consumer demands outside of DIY activities as well, particularly as a major sales channel in the pet market.